Earth’s Green Gift’s goal is to provide the tools and knowledge necessary for both the unexpected single-night in the woods and for long term primitive living scenarios. We offer workshops addressing each of the key areas fundamental to thriving in the wild. Each workshop is 7 – 8 hours in length and includes time for hands-on skill practice. The first several hours are lecture and demonstration. Following lunch, the family or group will have the opportunity to practice the central skill discussed.
Primitive Living Course Descriptions
Shelters Course Are you comfortable spending the night without the security of a tent or sleeping bag? This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to do so. You will learn many types of shelter adaptations, including clothing (our first line of defense), quick-to-build poncho shelters for that unexpected whiteout, and primitive shelters for longer-term wilderness living. You will then have the fun of building a class debris hut.
Water Course What if the only water source found is an isolated muddy water hole? You will learn about the many possible contaminants to watch for, and methods of purification and filtration. Various water sources from grape vines, tree tapping, and seep-to-well creation will also be covered. Teams will then have the opportunity to build and test their own natural filtration system.
Fire Course Experience the gift of fire in a personal way. We will present various fire structures and wood types that are appropriate for specific needs; light, heat, cooking coals. Bow drill, coal saving and coal transportation will also be discussed. Following a demonstration, you will have the opportunity to create your own bow drill kit and your first coal! This course will not cover all the many store bought options that are available to start a fire. After all, these may be lost, broken, or used up. Then what?
Food Course The philosophy, procurement, and processing of food (both plants and animals) will be discussed. This is the most information intensive course as it covers trapping and wild edible plants. Many topics will be broadly covered with less time available for hands-on practice, but you will leave with the necessary tools to jump-start individual practice.